First Team

Reaction: Robbie Neilson

24th April 2021

Robbie Neilson believes we'll see the best of Gary Mackay-Steven next season following his brace in Hearts' 3-0 victory over Inverness CT on Saturday.

The attacker grabbed two first half goals either side of an Aaron McEneff strike to seal a comfortable victory for the Jambos on a day when they received the Championship trophy. 

Speaking after the game, Robbie said:

"Credit to Inverness because it felt like a Premiership game. A lot of time in this league, teams come here to stifle and sit in.

"Today’s game was two teams going toe-to-toe. It allows Gary to get into areas where he can go and influence the game. In other games teams will put two right backs against him and man mark him through the game and it’s difficult of him to get into the game but I think we’ll see the best of Gary once we get into the top flight."

The build-up to the game had focussed heavily on the decision to lift the Championship trophy at full-time and Robbie believes the right call was made.

"We just felt as a group that we had to respect the trophy and the competition of the league. We are not denying there is still an anger and a hurt about the way things happened last summer, but as a club we felt we had to rise above that and show that we have achieved what we wanted to achieve.

"There are players here that it could be their first championship, it might be their last, it might be their only championship they win so you have to give them that celebration as well.

"I think we did it well. We didn't go over the top. We did it well, we did a quick celebration and then we move away."